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PROS

  • Quick acceleration
  • Fun to drive
  • Very high resale values

CONS

  • Faces tough rivals
  • Not available as five-door

Verdict

The Ford Fiesta ST is the latest in a long line of fast hatchbacks from the Blue Oval. It follows on from fast Fiestas of yore including the XR2, the RS Turbo and of course, the previous ST.

Extremely accomplished drive

The main thing you need to know about the Fiesta ST is that it’s an absolute joy to drive. It’s agile, fast and best of all, a lot of fun.

Powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, the Fiesta will sprint from 0-62mph in 6.9 seconds while returning a claimed 48mpg on the combined cycle. It emits just 138g/km of CO2 too, which means it qualifies for reasonably cheap road tax considering just how fast it is.

Advanced electronic systems are employed to enhance safety and also provide a rewarding driving experience, the three-mode stability system letting the driver dictate how much intervention the car has.

The exterior of the car has been tweaked to reflect the ST’s sporting intentions; at the rear there’s a twin exhaust and neat integrated diffuser leaving you with no doubt what this car is for.

Inside, you get a pair of Recaro sports seats to keep you in place while driving quickly.

Pair of trim levels, high level of standard kit

Standard equipment on the new ST includes 17-inch alloy wheels, tinted windows, halogen headlights, front fog lights, DAB digital radio and Ford’s voice-activated SYNC system for connecting mobile phones via Bluetooth and multimedia devices via USB or aux-in connection.

High spec ST2 models also get LED daytime running lights, partial leather covering for the sports seats, a Sony stereo and keyless start.

Optional extras include the ST Style Pack, which further enhances the look of your Fiesta with different colour alloy wheels, illuminated scuff plates and red painted brake callipers.

Lairy paint schemes have become synonymous with Ford’s ST models and the Fiesta is no exception. Exclusively available is Molten Orange, while buyers can also choose from a range of metallic and pearlescent hues.

With the introduction of the Renaultsport Clio Turbo and the Peugeot 208 GTi due, there’s going to be a lot of competition for Ford’s latest foray into the hot supermini sector.

On paper the ST clearly has what it takes to win over the hearts and heads of buyers – but will that translate onto the road? Read our comprehensive Ford Fiesta ST review to find out.

What owners say about this car

car excellent, one down side i would say is the ride is hard but its a sports car and has... Read owner review

This being my first hot hatch, and such a range of choices (clio, 208 etc), I researched the car extensively... Read owner review

Drinks holders are good. Recaro seats are soooo comfortable. You can beat BMWs away from the traffic... Read owner review

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